Showdown hopes still strong despite challenges at Cadwell Park
The seventh round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship has been a challenging weekend for Honda Racing UK at the teams' home round at Cadwell Park. However despite certain challenges throughout, the team are coming away with some positives and Glenn Irwin remains in the Showdown fight sitting fifth overall, with just three races remaining until the top-eight are decided.
In today's opening 18-lap race Glenn started from eighth on the grid aboard his CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP. Dropping back to 12th in the opening stages of the race, Glenn managed to push back through the pack and was sitting ninth when the race was red flagged on the 16th lap, and the result declared.
For the final race of the day he started from tenth and again dropped back some places, however finding his rhythm he started to bridge the gap to the group in front fighting for fourth place. Enjoying a battle with Jason O'Halloran in the closing stages, Glenn crossed the line eighth to maintain his place in the Showdown challenge, where with 214 points he's sitting fifth overall.
Takumi Takahashi impressed across the weekend with his progress at the circuit, despite also struggling with set-up issues. Having to start Race 2 from the very back of the grid in 28th, after crashing in yesterday's Race 1. Takumi came through the pack and crossed the line 20th, but more importantly he scored the 12th fastest time of the race moving him up the grid to start the final race of the weekend from 12th.
Unfortunately a bad start off the line saw Takumi drop back to 22nd, but digging deep he managed to get back into the fight and passed Showdown contender Kyle Ryde on the final lap to claim the last points spot in 15th place. Meanwhile Tom Neave wrapped up his weekend at his local track 17th and 19th, with Ryo Mizuno 22nd and 21st.
The team will now get ready for the eighth round of the 2022 Bennetts British Superbike Championship, which takes place at Snetterton on 9/10/11 September, and when the Showdown eight will be decided.